Quick and easy Photoshop tip : Drop shadow on it’s own layer
Series of helpful tips and tutorials on Photoshop. I get quite a few questions coming through my email so in answering a few I thought it would be great to share. I am self taught in photoshop and when I started out with this awesome tool I read every tutorial I could find. I spent hours “playing” fascinated with all the different things I could do and if I can do it anyone can! Honestly! It’s all about exploring and discovering!
First up is one of my favourite “tricks” – the quickest and easy ways to make a drop shadow do what you want it to do! You have an image say a piece of paper and you want a shadow underneath but even after playing with all the sliders and settings often the shadow just doesn’t look right. Quick answer – drop the shadow on it’s own layer!
If you look at my picture above the paper looks like it has a slight bend to it in the bottom and top right corner. Now peek through the tutorial below and soon you will be dropping shadows with ease!
Note: I started from scratch with a new file and created a frame to add a drop shadow to as this was one of the questions I was asked, if you already have an image open that you want to drop a shadow on scroll down to the third picture.
Now you can pull, twist, transform to make the shadow fit exactly how you want!
Add a different colour, a wood texture maybe (double click on the frame layer – blending options – colour overlay)
Drop an image behind, add another image on top and repeat the drop layer technique. Simple!
Any questions drop them in the comments!